The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase
I stumbled across this spin-off novel based on The Librarians TV series by accident. I enjoy the show well enough, so I gave it a try, although I generally have low expectations of TV adaptations. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just that no one seems to put much attention into them.
I was wrong. The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox does a terrific job capturing everything about the show: the voice of the characters, the type of magical mysteries they solve, the details of what they do and the places they do it in, a good amount of quirky humor, even key references to past adventures.
It turns out that the rhymes of Mother Goose are actually spells, and the heirs of the original assembler are pulled into a threat of destroying the world, starting with the tear-down of a decaying Mother Goose amusement park. Abandoned theme parks are the saddest, and it’s a great idea for a dynamic, visual setting described so well I could easily picture it.
Typical of such group investigations, the characters are sent off on separate missions until the finale when they save the day. Unfortunately, while that’s understandable from a writing perspective, my favorite part of the show is seeing the team work together, so I missed seeing more of that. Overall, though, this is a good read for fans of the show to carry them over until it returns for its fourth season.
This is Cox’s second book based on the series. The Librarians and The Lost Lamp explores the world of Aladdin and The Arabian Nights. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)